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For The Love Of Mario!

By aquizero on Jun 11 2012 08:57 PM
Mario, where for art thou, Mario? He is here, there and everywhere you turn. This red-colored, loving, portly Nintendo mascot has been taking the center stage as of late. I guess this shouldn’t come as such a surprise though, as Nintendo is about to release their new-age console, Wii U. You might ask yourself, "What would sell more than a new Mario or Mario spin-off title?" I'd be asking myself the same question, except for the fact that four Mario titles are being released this year alone. It’s beginning to feel like Nintendo only have one marketing strategy; Mario!

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The fact that these titles seem so plentiful may stem from Nintendo’s lack of 1st-party 3DS launch titles. The Nintendo 3DS launched in North America on March 27th, 2011. A Mario title didn’t hit that system until November 13th, 2011, with the release of Super Mario 3D Land. This was nearly eight months from time that the 3DS handheld launched! The lack of sales caused Nintendo to scramble, in which case they released another Mario title. And, less than one month after Super Mario 3D Land, Mario Kart 7 was released on December 4th, 2011. Better late then never, I guess.

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This “late start” has caused a mass of Mario-centered titles spawn, presenting overkill. This year, we have received Mario Tennis Open, which was released on May 20th, 2012. The Nintendo 3DS alone will have two new Mario-centered 3DS titles coming later this year; Paper Mario: Sticker Star and New Super Mario Bros. 2. This doesn't include New Super Mario Bros. U, which is scheduled to launch alongside the Wii U.

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To summarize, there are four Mario titles this year, following the late release of two in 2011. I can only assume that Wii U will launch before the holiday season. It's safe to assume that most titles should have hit shelves no later than a November time frame. If this does happen, that means we have been given a whopping six Mario titles within one year's time. I am not sure about you, but I am seeing red.

What do you think? Is Mario receiving too much attention, in too little of a time frame?


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Benjamin is a true gaymer. For nearly a decade, his interest in Nintendo has grown exponentially! He's not extremely skilled at any particular genre of games, but mostly enjoys RPG, strategy, and fighting games. His true obsession within the Nintendo universe is Pokémon, followed closely by Zelda. Ever since he watched the first episode of Pokémon, he's been hooked. To this day, he plays the main-series Pokémon games and watches the anime religiously. He's as close as it comes to being a Pokémon Master. His true passion for Nintendo makes him excited to write new topics for you!

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Comments: 28

I honestly do not have much to say but i do agree that there's a bit too much Mario going around, Do not get me wrong that is not a bad thing (with me at least) but, what about Kirby? Metroid? and a couple of other popular characters that deserve their spotlight.

Heck, so much Mario going around, i would have LOVED for Super Mario World to show it's face in the eShop (we NEED Super Nintendo games!)

Very interesting article, i enjoyed it!
Thank you. Yea, I am hoping for other Nintendo franchises to show up and not just Mario all the time. I mean after this wave, what else will they try to do with Mario? The only one that I know is coming will be Mario Kart U.

View Postaquizero, on 12 June 2012 - 02:28 PM, said:

Thank you. Yea, I am hoping for other Nintendo franchises to show up and not just Mario all the time. I mean after this wave, what else will they try to do with Mario? The only one that I know is coming will be Mario Kart U.

Awesome article, Ben. There is definitely a lot of Mario lately. While I enjoy Mario games, and will buy them all no matter what, I feel that maybe this is a result of Nintendo trying to recoup for a poor 3DS launch. One thing about Mario though, is that he will never go away. Ever! Nintendo will continue to do what they always do and create new and interesting features for anyone out there.
Oh that I know. Mario is here to stay. I haven't ever excelled at his platforming titles but I have really really enjoyed the Paper Mario series and the Mario Kart series. So, those are the ones I am most looking forward to. More than likely I will "catch'em all" (see what I did there) but it still makes me a little annoyed that there is so much at one time.
I uh...see what you did there.
Off subject for a bit. Is there a Donate button around here? I do not donate a lot and when i do it's because i REALLY enjoy the website.

View PostIronwolfxv, on 12 June 2012 - 03:19 PM, said:

Off subject for a bit. Is there a Donate button around here? I do not donate a lot and when i do it's because i REALLY enjoy the website.

There is a link at the bottom of the page called "Donate To Us."

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View PostKevin, on 12 June 2012 - 03:38 PM, said:

There is a link at the bottom of the page called "Donate To Us."

Thank you for the kind words, Ironwolfxv. A community is all what the members make of it. :)

No problem. This site has A LOT of potential and i really enjoy being on here, i have about 40 or so websites bookmarked but i don't really bother since this is the one that catches my attention most of the time ( Darn you NERDS!)

View PostIronwolfxv, on 12 June 2012 - 03:45 PM, said:

No problem. This site has A LOT of potential and i really enjoy being on here, i have about 40 or so websites bookmarked but i don't really bother since this is the one that catches my attention most of the time ( Darn you NERDS!)

I agree. We do have a lot of potential and it's only going to get better. Thanks again for the words.
The thing about Mario is that he's part of a number of franchises. He's in the Super Mario games, Mario Kart, Paper Mario, Mario Party, the Mario sports games, and the Mario & Luigi games. This year is actually quite typical.

View PostChris, on 12 June 2012 - 05:50 PM, said:

The thing about Mario is that he's part of a number of franchises. He's in the Super Mario games, Mario Kart, Paper Mario, Mario Party, the Mario sports games, and the Mario & Luigi games. This year is actually quite typical.

Yes, you are correct but how many years have they released 6 titles with him in it, within one year?

View Postaquizero, on 12 June 2012 - 06:13 PM, said:

Yes, you are correct but how many years have they released 6 titles with him in it, within one year?

This is the first time that I am aware of. Mario is definitely in the spotlight more than normal this year.
Every year from 2003 to 2007 had at least six Mario titles. Just look at the '04 lineup:

Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door
Mario Party 6
Mario Power Tennis
Mario vs. Donkey Kong
Mario Golf: Advance Tour
Mario Pinball Land
Super Mario 64 DS
Super Mario Bros. (Classic NES Series)
Dr. Mario (Classic NES Series)
Aren't we talking about Mario's newest, upcoming titles spanning across only two platforms though; 3DS and Wii U?
Let's look at '07, then. All games released for either Wii or DS.

Super Paper Mario
Mario Party 8
Mario Strikers Charged
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games
Super Mario Galaxy
Mario Party DS
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games(DS port)
That's good info, Chris. Thanks. It looks like these "waves" seem to happen right around the time Nintendo releases a new piece of hardware.

View PostChris, on 12 June 2012 - 06:48 PM, said:

Let's look at '07, then. All games released for either Wii or DS.

Super Paper Mario
Mario Party 8
Mario Strikers Charged
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games
Super Mario Galaxy
Mario Party DS
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games(DS port)

Oh good catch! Come to think of it I did not even mention Mario & Sonic or Mario Party in my post. Hmmm... :hmm:
Why is that bad? Mario games are easy, and fun. The only complicated ones would be Paper Mario, but otherwise then that, you run and jump. Or drive a kart. Or play mini-games.  There is a reason Mario Games are so popular, and everyone loves them. They have Nintendo's most popular character, and they are easy to pick up and go. You can pick up almost any Mario game, an start from where you left off with know worries, wether its a day from now, or a year.

View PostAdoney, on 14 June 2012 - 10:31 AM, said:

Why is that bad? Mario games are easy, and fun. The only complicated ones would be Paper Mario, but otherwise then that, you run and jump. Or drive a kart. Or play mini-games.  There is a reason Mario Games are so popular, and everyone loves them. They have Nintendo's most popular character, and they are easy to pick up and go. You can pick up almost any Mario game, an start from where you left off with know worries, wether its a day from now, or a year.

I am not saying it is bad, per say. It's just that too much of a good thing, sometimes isn't that good. If these games were given some time in between their releases I feel that people would want/miss them more. When you want/miss something you have to get it, where as if these come out so often you may hesitate your purchase. Which to choose when there are so many? Why get one now when I know another will come out again soon. You see my point?
I know I am late to the game but did you know there is an offical nintendo site for mario games?

http://mario.nintendo.com/
Wow, that is a lot of games listed there. I hadn't realized there were so many of them. Maybe a little overkill? Don't get me wrong I do love Mario, but I have to agree with Ben here sometimes too much of a good thing really isn't a good thing. They have so many other characters they could exploit. One wonders why there aren't more games for Yoshi or Princess Peach.
But mario is awesome! I think they release alot of him to get kids and mario fans on the gaming wagon early then release other big names for the others that arent big mario fans once they feel like they got all the ppl they will get for mario.. That or mario games are easy to make and so get released on launch vs the other titles are more detailed??

View PostSkitty843, on 27 June 2012 - 03:33 PM, said:

But mario is awesome! I think they release alot of him to get kids and mario fans on the gaming wagon early then release other big names for the others that arent big mario fans once they feel like they got all the ppl they will get for mario.. That or mario games are easy to make and so get released on launch vs the other titles are more detailed??

Yes I agree that Mario is awesome. I just think he should be released a little less often. Make us want him more instead of choking up little Mario's all the time, you know? Too much of a good thing eventually isn't so good.
.. maybe.. but so far they have kept it interesting.. dont you think so? :turkey:

View PostSkitty843, on 06 July 2012 - 04:06 PM, said:

.. maybe.. but so far they have kept it interesting.. dont you think so? :turkey:

Ah somewhat. If there were more unique games like the galaxy series then yes but all these side titles featuring Mario is just too much.